I have no idea why I was so keen on the idea of us all being born in April -it's madness...
Thank goodness the Dangerbaby went against the trend is all I will say!
Birthday went well - really well, in fact.
The bike 'Traffic School' ( complete with working traffic lights, pedestrian crossings etc ) just kept everyone riding round and round and round all day, so there was no time for fisticuffs or tears or argy-bargy.
But they made room for a sausage or two, and cake. Natch.
Only one present, from MC's girlfriend ( and the only girl invited :). Her mum had asked me if it was ok as she really wanted to, and of course I said yes. MC was fine.
As predicted, he was more interested in having fun and running about, and his NEW BIKE ( which he hasn't gotten off since - he eats his breakfast sitting on it at the table, helmet on ... he rides and rides and rides. Good stuff )
Still wondering if I did the right thing.
I think i'm just suffering motherguilt bigtime, but AB assures me we did the right thing, and I know he's right. Still..
Hopefully if someone else in the year follows our lead, it will be nice to have our notions reinforced ... but I have the feeling no-one probably will, and he will be the only gift-less party this year. Which makes me a little sad in hindsight.
But does this boy look sad?:
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AB turned 40! - whoo-hoo.
I booked Vue de Monde for us months in advance.
I'd been interested in Shannon Bennett since seeing a doco ( "The Three Emperor's Dinner" ) on the ABC not long after we got married. The setting for the doco was also the venue for our wedding reception, which at that stage had only just been opened to the public.
So, you know, we had a bond. Of sorts.
OMG, what an experience. Front & centre at the plating station, I felt we got the best seat of the night. It is like a night at the Opera, and our chairs are arranged both intimately, and also to watch the production before us. And the food ?
*Amazing* Really Amazing.
And Shannon was there too, consulting, overseeing & ensuring everything ran the way he intended. Which it did. Damn fine staff, it really was a special experience.
Please don't ask how much it cost though. There is no menu at Vue, nor is there a pricelist. Rather scary territory if you're not on the BRW rich list, for this is a top class restaurant, and possibly(?) the most expensive in Melbourne ?
We opted for the 9-course Gastromomie menu, 6 savoury courses, a cheese course, and 2 desserts. We never got to the cheese or dessert. I'm not very good at eating after 8.30pm, and by 10.30pm and 2hours of magnificent petite meals, what I needed was a walk around the city, not more food.
A pity we couldn't have taken a rain-check and come back for the remaining courses on another day. Although I am not a dessert girl, I can't help wondering what I missed out on.....
So Happy Forty-Fifth Birthday to my 2 birthday boys.
Mine's next, but we'll leave that for next year.
I don't want to see another piece of cake in a long, long time....
* Vue de Monde pics courtesy of the restaurant website